• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

Are you a ‘people person’? Do you have a genuine interest in people? Do you possess patience and perseverance? Then you could potentially become a social worker. As a professionally registered social worker you’ll make a difference to people’s lives.

Gain experience with working with vulnerable groups
Knowing how to help someone overcome their challenges isn’t easy. This course gives you the insight and knowledge to help them overcome barriers. Your study will combine classroom theory with real-life practice experience, some of which involves working alongside current social workers. You’ll also gain an understanding of how social work fits in with UK government policy and legislation.

Become a qualified social worker
This course will prepare you to safeguard both adults and children as part of a multi- disciplinary team as well as deal with issues as varied as school truancy, drug and alcohol abuse, housing and benefit difficulties and helping people get back into work. Once qualified, you can go into a range of settings including local authorities, hospitals, voluntary services, youth justice services and many more.

But your options don't just stop at social work. You'll gain the necessary skills and knowledge that employers value such as team-working skills, high level communications skills, problem-solving skills and analytical and evaluative skills.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details


We recognise how crucial social workers are in the community. We’ve made sure that our course covers the standards of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so our graduates can apply for registration as a professional social worker straight away.

Learn from lecturers who are experts in their field
Our lecturers, all of whom are former social work practitioners, have a rich vein of practice experience from which to draw to bring your learning to life and to ensure theory is always linked to practice. Tutors ensure they remain up to date with the latest sector changes and many of them lead, or are otherwise involved in forums, discussing and influencing the future of social work. Many of the course lecturers are also published authors in the field of social work.

Study within a community of like-minded people
One of the best things about studying Social Work is sharing the experience with other students. Some days will be intensely emotional, so it’s important that you have a friendly team around you. Throughout the course you’ll be supported by your fellow students as well as the teaching team. And you’ll work with social workers who understand exactly what you’re going through.

What are the course entry requirements?

For this course, a minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 96 - 120 points. All applicants must have a GCSE or equivalent in Maths and English.

Access to Higher Education certificate (in a relevant subject) will normally require at least 45 credits at Level 3 with average unit passes of merit overall. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

On the application form you must list all your qualifications.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Selection days

If your application is successful, you will be invited to a selection day. Selection days are a crucial part of the application process for social work courses at Bucks. If you are invited to a selection day, you will take part in a group discussion and an individual interview. You will also have to complete a written test, for which you will be able to prepare in advance.

Once you have attended and participated fully in a selection day, we will then make a decision on whether to offer you a place and you will be informed via UCAS Track.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Advanced Skills for Professional Development L4 20
  • Developing Skills for Social Work Practice
  • Ethics and Values
  • Lifespan Development
  • Preparation for Practice
  • Social Policy and Social Work
  • Society and Social Work
  • The Context of Social Work

Year 2 Modules

  • Service User Groups
  • Advanced Skills for Professional Development L5 5
  • Practice Learning 1
  • Practitioner Researcher
  • Social Work Law
  • Social Work Theory and Processes

Year 3 Modules

  • Advanced Skills for Professional Development L6 5
  • Dissertation
  • Inter-Professional Practice
  • Organisations, Management and Change
  • Practice Learning 2


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Student Testimonials

Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.

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Zerbrina Peel

"Embarking on a Social Work undergraduate degree with Bucks New University was the best decision of my life. I received a high standard of education and guidance from course tutors and other university staff. When I faced difficult times the university had policies and accessible services that helped me cope.

As an adult learner, the additional workshops provided by the university were instrumental in me gaining support and knowledge about social media to enhance my career opportunities. Bucks New University is a great place to study. It not only provided me with the opportunity to gain a professional qualification but also a place I made life long friends.”


What are my career prospects

Qualified social workers practise in a wide range of settings in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. These may include local authorities, hospitals, voluntary services for drug and alcohol users, mental health services and youth justice services.

There is a good choice of career options for suitably qualified people. Once qualified, social workers continue to undertake post-qualifying training to enhance and develop their knowledge and skills, so that they maintain their place on the register.

Our students have worked with organisations such as:

Students have also gone on to work with agencies like the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We run work placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.